The Girl In The Cafe – on tour

Bill Nighy - Lawrence - The Girl in the Cafe

It will always be my favourite subject to write about, and it’s also an excellent excuse to post a picture that hasn’t anything to do with New York. Not directly anyway.

Here is an update on the project.

The Girl is currently staying in Luxembourg, the UK and the US. And while I thought the end of the tour was in sight, the list of participants is growing again, with recent sign ups from Dubai, Edinburgh and London added to the map and the list.

I also received 2 new reviews, one from Robert in Croatia, and one from Robin and Hannah in the UK. A big thank you to the both of them for writing them and for participating.

Two new New York pictures in the photoblog:

Step in for the reviews, they deserve to be read.

The Girl in the Cafe – A Different Review
by Robert, Zagreb, Croatia

I can’t be objective when it comes to this movie. Although I am a movie critic of sorts (trust me, they aren’t anywhere near objectivity), the leading actors are so dear to me, that the material isn’t all that important. They could be talking about bank business for one and a half, and I would still enjoy this movie.

Of course, the secondary theme of the movie – poverty – is a grave one, and it’s fairytale like in this movie, because politicians are nowhere near that state of mind.

It would be a beautiful world if things like that would happen more often, or, for that matter, if they would happen at all.

But, this movie is about a sweet little cafe in London (that is no more) that joines together a man (Bill Nighy) and a woman (Kelly Macdonald). Their awkwardness comes from their rusty social abilities, and from a considerable age difference that isn’t a problem for the girl. Their relationship begins to grow, and the odd couple, albeit still in some sort of friendship ends up on Iceland. He is a economical expert, and she’s along for the ride. But problems that she has with the state of the world are becoming more and more vocal, and he’s job becomes more difficult because of that. But she comes throguh, on emotional plan, and on a moral one. He is changed, their relationship becomes rocky, but the politicians make a breakthrough. Is it possible for one person to change the world? Can one person cause a big domino effect that would change world economics in a big way? I like to think that is a possibility. I would love for something like that to happen, but the thing I really enjoyed are the main actors. They occupy almost every scene, and they are perfect together. Their chemistry is really strange, and they really come through like a believable couple. I love those two actors. I find Kelly Macdonald really beautiful, and Bill Nighy really charismatic. This little movie is a thing of beauty, and I am really glad it’s on his trip around the world. This movie should be viewed by every person on the planet. Because everybody should believe that things like that could happen. I hope it’s not too late, and that the world is not too cold.

The Girl in the Cafe -review
by Robin and Hannah, Bromsgrove, UK

This is a thoroughly moving story, which manages to convey a significantly powerful message in a gentle, thought provoking and engaging manner. We now understand why the project began… because we have been unable find anybody we know personally who has seen or heard of this film… and many people recommend good films to us. This lack of awareness has genuinely shocked us, but in the similar way too few people have heard of Edmund Burke (1729-1797). He was a political contemporary of William Wilberforce and we have two snippets of wisdom from Edmund worthy of sharing: “One man with conviction makes a majority” and “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. Edmund Burke (and William Wilberforce) would have enjoyed this film! Regards Robin and Hannah (Bromsgrove)

If you would like to sign up for The Girl In The Cafe on tour, please go here. It’s free.

Love can’t change
what’s wrong in the world
But it’s a start

9 Comments

  1. Pedro · 22-11-2007

    Even a sparrow can be a bird of paradise.

  2. Ingrid · 22-11-2007

    It’s a musje (absolutely no idea what they are called in English!) :) But he (she?) was a great poser.

  3. Miek · 22-11-2007

    Een musje is a sparrow in english, remember my sudan golden sparrow, in my garden 2 years ago? the yellow one? sudanese goudmus ;o-)

  4. Jill · 23-11-2007

    You should travel more, really, so that we’d keep having such nice photos to see! For remembering the word sparrow, I think I have a fail-proof mnemonics for you: just think of Captain Jack Musje – more or less as photogenic as the one in your photo ;)

  5. Ingrid · 23-11-2007

    I have to say that I am quite happy with some of my photos this time, but then New York was very inspiring, which help an enormous lot, and I had a lot of time to wait for the right shot.

    It took me about 5 minutes before I got the Jack Musje joke, now that I do – very funny! I never realized that – but probably won’t forget it now :)

  6. Ingrid · 23-11-2007

    One more thing – that is such a beautiful picture of Bill. There. I said it. Now I am off to Ian McKellen.

  7. kate · 23-11-2007

    Yes, that is a wonderful photograph of Bill … I’ll just stare at him for a bit longer. It’s great to know that ‘The Girl’ is still travelling around the world!

    Have a lovely weekend Ingrid. Do you have your screenwriting class tomorrow?

  8. Pedro · 25-11-2007

    You don’t know the English word for ‘musje’? That’s strange. Maybe I can give a hint: It’s the surname of a main character in POTC. His first name is Jack.

  9. Jill · 26-11-2007

    Yes, Captain J. Sparrow’s name is quite appropriate I think – as he is more or less as flighty as one!